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Lockwood Folly, SE coastal NC, September 2017.  Freshwater outlet strongly influenced by salt water tides.

I listed it as one Grackle species two and a half years ago.  Someone saw it recently and suggested another species.  I'm posting this without any other details to avoid influencing y'all one way or the other.  These are my only two photos of the same bird.

If you reply, please tell me why you chose one species over the other.  I'd like to know what I may have missed.  Regardless, there's no lifer on the line here.  Thanks.



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I listed it as Common back in '17.  Last week I received an e-mail from a reviewer that someone had flagged it as a Boat-Tailed.  The reviewer agreed, although acknowledging the tail was short.

I agree the tail is short for any Grackle (with some possible damage?) and isn't much help.  But my bird is perched on a 2" x 4" rail.  Here's a BTGR from AAB in a similar perch.  Does anyone else think there's a noticeable difference in the sizes?

My bird again:


Boat-tailed from AAB:

Boat-tailed Grackle

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